We are pleased to present a series of diagrams and development concepts by Victoria Meyers architect (hMa) for the Won Dharma Center project in Claverack, NY. Click here to view the project on www.hanrahanmeyers.com.
Won Dharma is a 550-acre brownfield site, designed by hMa to abate the brownfield area, and to have zero carbon footprint with five buildings built on the site. Visitors are welcome to visit the Center, located at 361 NY 23, Claverack, NY, 12581.
The Diagram above explains how the cedar screen edge on the buildings creates a 'Porous Condition', blurring the edge between the buildings and the site, creating 'infinite bleed of edge'.
The diagram above explains the formal diagram for the placement of buildings on the site, creating formally organized paths between buildings: between Administration and Meditation; between Permanent Resident's building and the woodland meditation platform; between the two Visitor's Residence buildings. In each case, a spiral linked circulation creates a dynamic relationship between spaces, through the site.
Site Plan : Won Dharma Center Victoria Meyers architect post
The site plan above shows the rural access road to the site, the entry gate, the driveway to the Dharma parking lot 500 feet from the buildings, and the site driveway as it marks the edge between a hill overlooking the building area, and the new buildings, as seen from Google earth. The driveway was recycled from an existing entry drive. The five buildings were located at the site of a former stone quarry, which was abated as part of the construction process.
hMa has designed other Green Master Plans, including the 25 acre-master plan for Battery Park City's North Neighborhood in Manhattan, and Pratt Institute's Campus Plan. hMa Master Plans link Green and Sustainable values to new development, fostering dynamic relationships between planning, food sourcing, sustainable development, and living.